Reporting our progress

Sustainability and innovation drive our work to mitigate climate change, help build a circular economy and care for society. Our 2023 Sustainability Report shows our progress and shares our journey to becoming a leading sustainable materials company.

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A message from our CEO

We are committed to the principles of the United Nations Global Compact. Our purpose, leadership and actions guide us toward carbon neutrality, circularity and caring for society. Eastman provides major industries like packaging, automotive and architecture with high-quality, sustainable solutions that address these complex global issues.

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Eastman circular economy in the sustainable fashion industry
Circular vision for electronics

Innovation at scale

For more than 100 years, Eastman has created innovative products and solutions that touch the lives of people every day — and we continue to evolve. We are committed to designing materials with improved social and environmental impacts. Through sustainable practices, Eastman is determined to ensure success for our company and our stakeholders for the next 100 years.

What we’re working toward

Sustainability is integral to our strategy, driven by innovation and focused always on people. Eastman has the responsibility and opportunity to lead, joining others to address climate change, mainstream circularity as an economic model, and build a more inclusive and equitable world.

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Eastman is committed to mitigating climate change

Mitigating climate change

Climate change is perhaps the single greatest challenge to the quality of life on our planet. In response, Eastman is committing to carbon neutrality by 2050. Our focus on these four sustainable practices will get us there.

Energy efficiency

Our energy efficiency program has long been recognized as a leader in the U.S. And to reduce energy consumption even further, we’re expanding our best practices to other Eastman environmental operations around the world.

Process transformation

Beyond energy efficiency, process transformation — such as our molecular recycling technologies — reimagines systems to reduce the carbon footprint of our products. 

Renewable energy

Renewable energy is currently used at two of our facilities, and we are continuing to expand the use of renewable resources to meet our sustainability goals and head toward a carbon-neutral future.

Technology breakthroughs

We’re leveraging our own expertise and working with partners in both the public and private sectors to identify new energy technologies that can accelerate our progress toward decarbonization. 

Eastman's mainstreaming circularity on a global scale
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Mainstreaming circularity

Eastman is making circularity a mainstream concept because the future of our planet depends on it. Our growing world needs sustainable materials that address the plastic waste crisis while lowering carbon footprints. Creating a circular economy will require collaboration across the full value chain, so we’re working with our partners to implement circularity on a global scale.  

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Caring for society

Eastman is more than a materials company. We exist to make people’s lives better in meaningful, measurable ways. Through our products, as a corporate citizen and as a global employer, we strive to make a positive social and environmental impact. 

Inclusion and diversity

Eastman’s I&D strategy is centered around four pillars designed to build a high-performing organization and instill in every team member a sense of belonging and empowerment. We are committed to fostering an inclusive and diverse workplace as a foundation to achieve our corporate ambitions while helping enrich society. 

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Corporate social responsibility

At Eastman, we believe it is critical that our employees are engaged and that we invest in our global communities to have a positive social impact.